BIOVECTRA CEO Oliver Technow (second left) with Minister François-Philippe Champagne (left) and PEI Premier Dennis King (third left), tour a lab during a facility expansion announcement   (Photo credit: Louise Vessey)

Recognized as one of Canada's Top 100 Employers (2023) and Atlantic Canada's Top Employers (2023):

Here are some of the reasons why BIOVECTRA Inc. was selected as one of Canada's Top 100 Employers (2023) and Atlantic Canada's Top Employers (2023):

  • Varying by position, BIOVECTRA offers employees the opportunity to modify their work schedules as needed, from working from home full-time (and coming to the office when required) to three-quarters of the time at home, to 50 per cent home and 50 per cent at the office -- and eligible employees working at home receive the necessary equipment and subsidies for home internet
  • BIOVECTRA offers a range of financial benefits, from year-end bonuses to a defined contribution pension plan, to referral bonuses for employees who recruit candidates from their personal networks (to $1,000)
  • BIOVECTRA recently introduced maternity leave top-up for new mothers (to 85 per cent of salary for up to 15 weeks) as well as parental leave top-up for fathers and adoptive parents (to 85 per cent of salary for up to 5 weeks)
Employees at BIOVECTRA participate in the Canadian Mental Health Association's Not Myself Today campaign   (Photo credit: Louise Vessey)

Employer Background

Industry Pharmaceutical manufacturing
Established in Canada 1970
Parent company H.I.G Capital
Parent company head office Miami, FL, United States
Major Canadian hiring locations Charlottetown PE, Windsor NS
Full-time employees in Canada 570
Full-time employees worldwide 575
Workforce engaged on a contract basis 3%
Average age of employees in Canada 35 years
Longest serving employee 43 years

Work Environment Rating: B+

Hybrid work internet subsidies, office equipment loan program, varying by position and department, employees have the opportunity to modify their work schedule in keeping with their personal needs, from complete work from home (with the option to come to the office as needed), to a 50/50 or 75/25 split between home and office, to working from home and booking a workspace in one of 6 locations as needed
Flexible work options flexible work hours, shortened work week (fewer hours with less pay), compressed work week, telecommuting
Commuter amenities walk to public transit, transit subsidies, free parking, secure/sheltered bicycle parking, nearby bike sharing station
Onsite workplace features head office consists of manufacturing suites, laboratories and corporate offices, the workplace features telecommuter workstations, telecommuter workstations, sit-stand workstations, nap room, religious observance room, self-serve lunchroom, outdoor patio, discounts at local restaurants, and an outdoor games area with washer toss and bean bag toss
Employee lounge amenities music, television, board games, outdoor games including washer toss and bean bag toss
Snacks available granola bars

Work Atmosphere & Communications Rating: B

Employee social committee name Social Committee (est. 1975)
Past social events hosted numerous virtual events during the pandemic, reintroducing in-person events as restrictions have eased
Cultural aspects casual dress (e.g. jeans) daily, music while working, employee sports teams
Employee communications intranet site, company newsletter, traditional/email suggestion box

Financial Benefits & Compensation Rating: B+

Outside salary surveys participates in outside salary surveys every 12 months
Employee salary reviews individual salaries are reviewed every 12 months
Long-term savings defined-contribution (DC) pension
Long-term planning retirement planning assistance, phased-in retirement work options, life & disability insurance
Year-end bonuses available to all employees
Referral bonuses (max) new employee referral bonuses (up to $1,000) for some positions
Signing bonuses available for some positions
Additional financial benefits corporate discount program (e.g. retail, services, travel, etc.)

Health & Family-Friendly Benefits Rating: B+

Health plan premium as part of the health plan, the employer pays up to 50% of the premiums
Flexible coverage health plan is flexible with adjustable premiums and coverage levels
Minimum hours worked for coverage 20 hours per week
Waiting period there is no waiting period for coverage
Family coverage option yes
Dental coverage routine, restorative, orthodontics
Eyecare $400 every 2 years
Paid sick days employees receive 6 days off each year
Health plan includes traditional coverage (e.g. prescription drugs), employee assistance (EAP) plan, semi-private hospital room, physiotherapy, medical travel insurance, homecare, medical equipment and supplies, massage therapy, nutrition planning, podiatrist, osteopathy, chiropractor, alternative coverage (e.g. acupuncture, naturopathy), virtual healthcare services
Health spending account up to $250 each year
Wellness spending account up to $250 each year
Additional health plan information unlimited coverage for mental health practitioners
Additional health and wellness initiatives hosted two dedicated sessions on mental health and wellness (for employees and management), mental health committee, participates in Bell Let's Talk and Not Myself Today campaigns
Maternity top-up (mothers) up to 85% of salary for 15 weeks
Parental top-up (fathers) up to 85% of salary for 5 weeks
Adoption top-up up to 85% of salary for 5 weeks
Additional family-friendly benefits academic scholarships of up to $1,500 per child

Vacation & Personal Time-Off Rating: B-

Vacation allowance new employees receive 2 weeks of paid vacation after their first year on the job
Vacation jump vacation increases after 3 years of employment
Maximum vacation allowance employees move to a maximum of 5 weeks of vacation over their career
Previous experience considers previous work experience when setting annual vacation for new employees
Paid holiday shutdown during the Christmas to New Year's holiday break, employees receive an additional 1 day off
Unpaid leave of absence option yes

Employee Engagement & Performance Rating: A

Employee performance reviews employees receive individual performance reviews every 12 months
Managers receive performance review training yes
360° feedback option as part of the review process, performance feedback is also solicited from co-workers and other managers familiar with each employee's work
Confidential employee feedback employees can also provide confidential feedback on their manager's performance
Exit interview exit interview option is available for departing employees
Performance recognition individual performance bonuses, on-the-spot rewards, long-service awards, tailored and unique rewards (e.g. travel)
In-house survey period in-house surveys are conducted every 24 months
Outside survey period outside consultant surveys are held every 12 months

Training & Skills Development Rating: A+

Career planning in-house career planning services, online employee skills inventory
In-house training initiatives apprenticeship/skilled trades programs, mentoring, in-house training, online training, subsidies for professional accreditation
Related tuition subsidies employer covers up to 100% of tuition per year
Unrelated tuition subsidies employer covers up to 100% of tuition per year for courses unrelated to current position
Education leave educational leaves of absence are available

Community Involvement Rating: B+

Scope of charitable involvement local, national
Employee charitable involvement employees are involved in selection of charities, employees receive paid time off to volunteer
Total employee volunteer hours (on company time) over 40 hours last year
Total number of charities supported last year approximately 21 charitable and community organizations were supported last year
Some of the community organizations supported Morell Credit Union Rink, West Royalty Elementary School, Threads for Life, Le Comite Des Fonds Educationnels, Ethan Bethnell BIOVECTRA Scholarship, Hoard College Foundation, Canadian Mental Health Association, Santa's Angels
Community highlight BIOVECTRA relaunched its charitable giving program and launched a formal Donations Committee that work across all locations. The goal is to make the company's charitable giving employee-centred as it works to understand and meet community needs. As part of this program, a charitable committee meets every month to review employee requests in support of charitable causes.

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Highlights for New Grads

Industry Pharmaceutical manufacturing
Full-time employees in Canada 501 to 750
Parent company H.I.G Capital
Parent company head office Miami, FL, United States
Major Canadian hiring locations Charlottetown PE, Windsor NS
Student opportunities summer jobs, co-op opportunities
Training subsidies for professional accreditation, orientation program, online training, in-house training, mentoring, in-house career planning services
Tuition subsidies (related to job) yes
Starting salary $45K to $50K
Work benefits health benefits for new employees, flexible work hours, telecommuting, transit subsidies, employees receive paid time off to volunteer
Vacation allowance new employees receive 2 weeks of paid vacation after their first year on the job

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